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Mark Foote
Post title: The Normal Unfolding of Things
(Apr 24 2015 at 08:51 PM)

Secret of the Golden FlowerA funny thing happened after I wrote my last post. I found myself observing my breath, not in terms of the movement of the diaphragm and chest, but in terms of activity around the fluid ball of the abdomen and support for the spine.

Here's the funny part: I began to comprehend the long or short of a given movement of breath.

Comprehension of th

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Mark Foote
Post title: Limbering Up
(Mar 7 2015 at 11:56 AM)

"Of late, I spend a few minutes when I first sit down doing what you suggest, letting attention go to the area of my sacrum and its movement vis-a-vis the ilia. I also rock back and forward, sideways, and observe the rotation that naturally occurs. Then I think of the basic Alexander Technique instruction, "Let my neck be free." etc. Once I've adjusted and settled in this way, I put my hands in the mudra, and start my zazen. I also use double mats below the cushion at home, or even bed pillows.

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Mark Foote
Post title: Bat on a City Street
(Feb 14 2015 at 02:06 PM)

batThe neuroscientists Olaf Blanke and Christine Mohr hypothesize that the sense of self is a function of the vestibular, ocular, and proprioceptive/tactile/kinesthetic senses.

I devote a lot of my thought to reassuring myself that it's alright to experience depth in senses other than the eyes and the mind, particularly in the proprioceptive and vestibul

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